Sunday, 22 January 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

It's the coolest Chinese New Year of all: The Year of the Dragon!! To celebrate, here's a few little dragon tidbits thanks to 'The Monsters Project Book' by Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow:

The word 'dragon' comes from the ancient Greek word drakon meaning 'sharp sighted one'. This later came to mean 'giant snake'.

In medieval times, dragons and serpents were called 'worms'.


Dragons of the West

In the western world and Africa, dragons are thought of as evil creatures. They are usually dangerous, fire breathing reptiles, that go around destroying land, killing people and demanding human sacrifices.

They are associated with demons and devils and are often the target for heroes to prove themselves by killing a dragon. The most famous dragon killer in western mythology is St. George. He saved the citizens of Sylene from a dragon that was terrorising the city. In return for killing the dragon, he demanded that the people of Sylene should become Christians.

There were different types of western dragons:

Wyverns
These were like flying serpents. they had no back legs and rested on their tails and front legs.

Boas
These were snake-like creatures who were accused of sucking herds of cattle dry before eating them.

Firedrakes
These were miniature fire-breathing dragons. They tended to guard great hoards of treasure and lived in deep caves.

But, this is the CHINESE New Year, so how do the dragons of Asia shape up? Well, for starters, they are very different creatures to the dragons of western culture; Asian dragons are the good guys!

Dragons of the East

In Chinese mythology, dragons (known as lung) were thought of as being kindly and benevolent. They were associated with the gods and became the symbol of power for many Chinese emporers. There were many festivals and celebrations in honour of dragons and even today, the dragon holds a special place in Chinese New Year celebrations.

Ti Lung
This dragon was the controller of all rivers and streams.

Tiens Lung
This dragon supported the mansions of the gods.

Shen Lung
This dragon was the bringer of rain.

To help celebrate the Year of the Dragon, you can find plenty of T-shirts and other items with dragons on right here:

Year of the Dragon Tote Bag





Year of the Dragon Men's T-Shirt

Year of the Dragon Pendant


More dragon stuff:



Ruby Dragon Men's T-shirt




Ruby Dragon Tote Bag




Amethyst Dragon iPhone 3 Case




Amethyst Dragon Women's Long Sleeved Shirt




Jade Dragon Mousepad




Jade Dragon Dark T-Shirt




Jade Dragon Necklace

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Cuties from Zazzle!

Well, it's a freezing morning here in Melbourne this morning (so much for our Summer - bleuhch!!) and I'm back to creating the cute stuff again...it seems to be a cycle with me....cute...fantasy...cute...fantasy....cute....get my drift?! I dunno why when there is so much else to create in this world, so many other genres, I just like it and enjoy it the most, so I guess that's as good a reason as any, huh? :) Anyway, here are some of my latest cute designs...perfect for kids - big or little!


Smoky the Dragon Shopping/Diaper/Nappy Bag





Smoky the Dragon Girls Retro-look T-Shirt



Fantasy Flower Pot Babies Square Fridge Magnet


Fantasy Flower Pot Babies Infant's Onesie


Toot Toot Boy's T-shirt


Toot Toot Mousepad


Wizard Mouse Mug


Wizard Mouse Square Magnet




Dapper Mouse Children's Retro T-Shirt





Dapper Mouse Children's Party Plate

Thanks for looking. :)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

New Fantasy-themed Products at Cafepress

I've just started putting my fantasy art on accessories such as shoulder bags, coin purses and toiletry bags over at Cafepress. Let me know what you think! :)

Moonbathing Coin Purse by Graphic Allusions



Princess of the Forest Shoulder Bag




Ophelia's Last Repose Mini Wallet


Thanks for checking them out! And, have a great week. :)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We kicked off 2012 down here in Melbourne with some stinking hot weather. I know people in the northern hemisphere find it strange to experience Christmas/New Years in the heat, but we're well used to it and have our rituals like going to the Boxing Day shopping sales (they're the kind of sales where you go out clad in a suit of armour and hope you're lucky enough to grab those last pair of blue patent leather shoes for half price that you've been eyeing off all year before some other enterprising chick with sharp elbows gets in your way ;-). Another ritual: heading to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the boxing day (cricket) test. And of course, Boxing Day is also traditional for heavy traffic on the roads where everyone (well, almost everybody at any rate!) are all headed to the beach/coastal resorts/mountains/interstate/wherever for their annual holidays. We know how to enjoy and make the most of the holiday period down here, that's for sure!

Anyway, I've been working...sigh...but here's the result of what I've done underneath....there's more fairies, and some new goth-inspired stuff for those who like that kinda stuff. Oh, and one more time, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2012 treats everyone kindly and you all get what you want out of the next 12 months!



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New products from GraphicAllusions

Fairy Dust and Magic Blackberry Case
Fairy Dust and Magic Blackberry Curve Case
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